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Recommendations for a new electric guitar

PJ1973PJ1973 Winston-Salem, NCPosts: 254
Taking some suggestions for a new guitar:

I am in my late 40s and have fooled around with the guitar for many years. This year, I have spent more time playing at home and finally feel like I've broken through a wall to where I'm actually making songs instead of noise  :) My current electric is a Harmony guitar I bought some 30 years ago (with a junky old amp). I've been playing more on an acoustic in recent time but I want to go back to electric. I'm not looking to play in a band, just wanting to have some fun.

Any suggestions on a basic guitar that's decent but also under, say $700?  Thanks for any input!

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  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 10,797
    edited October 12
    https://www.sweetwater.com/c590--Solidbody_Guitars?params=eyJmYWNldCI6eyJQcmljZSBSYW5nZSI6WyIkNTAwIHRvICQ3NTAiXX19

    Pretty good selection here in that price range.  I would suggest a Fender Strat...

    And Sweetwater is a solid company to order from if you end up going that route.
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  • eboweddieeboweddie Posts: 775
    Fender 72 telecaster custom 
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  • mfc2006mfc2006 PDX--->KCPosts: 33,132
    Build one! I built one that I ordered from The Fretwire and it was a blast. I went with the Tele Deluxe kit and can’t wait to build another one.
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  • PJ1973PJ1973 Winston-Salem, NCPosts: 254
    https://www.sweetwater.com/c590--Solidbody_Guitars?params=eyJmYWNldCI6eyJQcmljZSBSYW5nZSI6WyIkNTAwIHRvICQ3NTAiXX19

    Pretty good selection here in that price range.  I would suggest a Fender Strat...

    And Sweetwater is a solid company to order from if you end up going that route.

    Thanks for sending the link - I'll poke around the company site!
  • PJ1973PJ1973 Winston-Salem, NCPosts: 254
    Fender seems to be the consensus brand choice from what I've heard here as well as some other music friends.

  • PJ1973PJ1973 Winston-Salem, NCPosts: 254
    mfc2006 said:
    Build one! I built one that I ordered from The Fretwire and it was a blast. I went with the Tele Deluxe kit and can’t wait to build another one.
    I saw a couple of kits when I was browsing a site and it certainly looked tempting!
  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 10,797
    PJ1973 said:
    Fender seems to be the consensus brand choice from what I've heard here as well as some other music friends.

    You can't go wrong with Fender
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  • dudemandudeman Posts: 2,403
    Fender is definitely a solid choice. Resale value will always be there and the Mexican made Player Series are good to go right out of the box. Right in your price range. 

    I definitely recommend Sweetwater if you have to buy online. They do their own QC and setups on the guitars they sell. Elderly Instruments does too. If you have a local music store, supporting them would be good and you'll get to check out the guitar before you buy it.
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  • pjpjpaulpjpjpaul Posts: 948
    Play before you buy. You never know, you may prefer the neck, electronics, or feel of a cheaper guitar to one that 1,000 people tell you is better and costs twice as much. It really comes down to personal preference. Also keep in mind it is easier to make certain mods on Fenders than several of the other big name brands. Case in point- i just took the neck off my American Professional Tele because I didn't like the feel of the rosewood fretboard and I installed the maple neck off my old 1996 Mexican strat and there were no issues at all after setup. Throw some locking tuners on whatever you get to help with tuning stability as well. 
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  • PJ1973PJ1973 Winston-Salem, NCPosts: 254
    I think where I'm taking this is going to take some time and try a bunch. I figure I had my last guitar for so long and it serves a good purpose - no point in rushing to get another one until I've had a chance to sit and play a few. Fortunately, I have two local music stores around me and a Guitar Center and Sam Ash, so I can get hands on experience. But good to know the direction people have been sending me. I do think I need a better amp than what I've been using so far. I'll be looking through the upcoming holidays so I may have more questions down the road!
  • mfc2006mfc2006 PDX--->KCPosts: 33,132
    PJ1973 said:
    I think where I'm taking this is going to take some time and try a bunch. I figure I had my last guitar for so long and it serves a good purpose - no point in rushing to get another one until I've had a chance to sit and play a few. Fortunately, I have two local music stores around me and a Guitar Center and Sam Ash, so I can get hands on experience. But good to know the direction people have been sending me. I do think I need a better amp than what I've been using so far. I'll be looking through the upcoming holidays so I may have more questions down the road!
    Good idea. When I bought my Gretsch Electromatic, I played it (along with several others) in shops for a couple of years here and there until I knew it was the one for me. Enjoy the hunt/search!
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  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 16,201
    mfc2006 said:
    PJ1973 said:
    I think where I'm taking this is going to take some time and try a bunch. I figure I had my last guitar for so long and it serves a good purpose - no point in rushing to get another one until I've had a chance to sit and play a few. Fortunately, I have two local music stores around me and a Guitar Center and Sam Ash, so I can get hands on experience. But good to know the direction people have been sending me. I do think I need a better amp than what I've been using so far. I'll be looking through the upcoming holidays so I may have more questions down the road!
    Good idea. When I bought my Gretsch Electromatic, I played it (along with several others) in shops for a couple of years here and there until I knew it was the one for me. Enjoy the hunt/search!
    If you’re just going to play around the house, you don’t need to go too crazy with an amp. 
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 32,249
    Two thoughts here:
    1. If you can (as pjpjpaul said above) play before you buy.
    2. Be careful what you wish for.

    Re 1.  When I wanted a less expensive Martin acoustic that I would feel more comfortable taking out of the house, I went to Nicholson's Music in Folsom and played both of the DX1R's they had.  They looked exactly alike.  The first one just didn't feel or sound right.  The second one felt good right away and after playing it for about a half an hour I knew it was the one.  It has remained one of my favorites.

    Re 2.  I always love the way Paul Westerberg made his '72 Fender Thinline semi-hollowbody Telecaster with dual Humbuckers sound and used to tell my family and friends that was THE guitar I wanted.  So when my god-children's grandmother passed away and they inherited some money, they bought me that very guitar!  Well, I had never actually played one and when that guitar came into my possession, I was thrilled!  But when I got it home and started playing it, there was no chemistry there.  That guitar looks cool on my wall, but that's about it.  (I did play a standard tele once though many years ago that felt terrific- I wish I had bought that one!  I'm still seeking the right tele.)  So my point is, it's best to try some different things out.  Don't be wowed by what Westerberg or Mike or Stone or whoever plays.  Be wowed by the guitar that feels and sounds good to you!
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  • PJ1973PJ1973 Winston-Salem, NCPosts: 254
    Good advice for me, especially number 2. I'm totally one of those people that would think, Mike plays a Strat, I want that, or I want a Gibson because Jimmy Page plays one. =) But yeah, then you've spent a lot of money and it doesn't feel as good to you as you thought it would.
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